Associated Students meet Wednesday, Sept. 3
September 3, 2008 11:50 AM
Effects of the current noise ban on campus were hot topics during last week’s Associated Students Inc. board of directors meeting.
In response to student complaint, board members promised to seek a compromise to allow music and performances outside the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
Two SF State students, Crystal Eboigbodin and Belem Rios, attended the board’s second meeting of the semester separately, looking for a way to end the noise moratorium on Malcolm X Plaza at the student center.
On the first day of school last year, Eboigbodin said, there were lots of people in the plaza and "the music was always playing." She said the plaza was a place to entertain and for students to come together as a group.
"There were people who wanted to do an event in remembrance of the victims of Hurricane Katrina," Eboigbodin said outside the meeting. "And nobody could perform or speak out about the importance of the event for its anniversary."
Rios said she was disappointed because part of the reason she came to SF State was for music and entertainment on campus. "Everyone said how great it was," Rios said, "seeing bands and music right here at the school. Now it turns out it's nothing."
The board said they are planning future meetings to work out a compromise allowing music and performances outside the Cesar Chavez student center, in response to Eboigbodin and Rios.
The ban on noise has even derailed some of ASI's own plans.
The traditional round of activities to ring in Welcome Back Days was canceled due to the moratorium on noise, said Vice President of Internal Affairs Raul Amaya.
In other business, the board voted to approve the Green Committee as an official ASI committee. The new committee's members were easily agreed upon by the board. SF State students, and current board members, Michelle Montoya, Daniel Covino and Greg Doty were considered and approved by the board. At the time of the vote, they were the only members of the new committee and asked attendees at the meeting to talk to potential new members.
Funding for the External Affairs Committee to travel to the California State Student Association was approved unanimously. Amaya told the board the travel was necessary to stay in contact with California associations.
The External Affairs Committee meets with student associations from all over California once a month to discuss statewide issues relevant to students, said Mayra Saldana executive assistant to ASI’s executive director explained prior to the meeting.
At the end of the meeting, Executive Director Peter Koo offered apologies to members of the board who did not receive their wages. "We don't know how those names got deleted from the list when we knew they were there, but we are looking into it and we are very sorry," Koo said.
The ASI board of directors meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Conference Wing of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
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